Player personalities in Football Manager

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Personalities in Football Manager

Every single player in the Football Manager Database has a set of attributes (most hidden) that determine their personalities. These personalities determine how a player behaves on and off the pitch. In this article I will be naming all the different personalities and will give you an explanation what they mean.

In an ideal situation you will have a squad full of positive or neutral personalities. The negative personalities should be avoided at all times. These guys could make your life as a manager very difficult and they could even result in you being sacked. Lucky for you, there a no negative personalities in the standard database of Football Manager. But as the years progress, regens or newgens will be getting those, so be careful!

SPOTTING PERSONALITIES

If you look at a players’ profile, you’ll find his personality on the right side. As you can see in the screenshot we have added below, this player has a spirited personality, which is considered to be a positive and good personality.

SCOUTING

Obviously, you will see the personalities of the players on your team. But, for other teams players, you will need to scout them. One scouting trip will give an indication, but you will some extensive scouting to find out his true personality.

PERSONALITY ATTRIBUTES
The personality of a player is defined by nine different Attributes. These are:

Ambition
How successful a player wants to be.

Controversy
How outspoken a player can be. Either in the media or in the dressing room.

Loyalty
If a player is willing to stay at his current club or the club he loves.

Pressure
How a player handles pressured situations. For example big matches.

Professionalism
How hard a player is willing to work to maximize his career.

Sportsmanship
If a player is ethical during games.

Temperament
If a player can handle certain situations when they go against him.

Determination
The willpower to keep on fighting.

Leadership
How inspirational and motivational a player can be to his teammates.

POSITIVE PERSONALITIES
Model citizen
Perfectionist
Resolute
Model professional
Professional
Fairly professional
Spirited
Very ambitious
Ambitious
Driven
Determined
Fairly determined
Charismatic leader
Born leader
Leader
Iron willed
Resilient

NEUTRAL PERSONALITIES
Jovial
Light hearted
Devoted / Very loyal
Loyal
Fairly loyal
Honest
Sporting
Fairly sporting
Unsporting
Realist
Balanced

NEGATIVE PERSONALITIES
If you start a new save in Football Manager, you will have some difficulty to find players with a negative personality.

Is it because the research team didn’t want to offend anybody or did they want to prevent some lawsuits?

Fact is; 9 out of 10 times a negative personality will be given to a newgen and not a ‘real’ player.

Slack
Casual
Temperamental
Unambitious
Easily discouraged
Low determination
Spineless
Low self belief

CHANGING A PERSONALITY

Is it possible to change the personality of a player in Football Manager? Yes, it’s possible, but it will take some time. You can achieve this by tutoring the player. If a player is older than 23 (max age for tutoring, it will be impossible to change his personality. But, even when a player is 22 or 23 it will be next to impossible to change it, as it will take up some time. We advice 21 as the maximum age to try to change a players’ personality. Of course it will be better if a player is even younger (16), as you have more time to change his personality.

‘RULES’

If you are planning to tutor a wonderkid, make sure to pick a perfect match. First up; pick a player that has one of the key members in your squad, who plays in the same position and preferably in the same role. Check out the dynamics page in Football Manager to find out which players are considered leading players in your squad.

When tutoring, a young player will be picking up certain traits of his ‘mentor’. This could vary from mental attributes, player traits and his personality. It is also possible to have a young player being tutored by multiple player over time. That way you can develop multiple mental skills and player traits too, creating an even stronger player.

6 COMMENTS

    • True, but that isnt denied in this guide. This is about changing personalities, something that proves to be quite difficult after a player reaches 22 or 23, which is the maximum age for tutoring yes.

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